About the IIE/India office

The Institute of International Education (IIE) India has been engaged with higher education in India for over 60 years and has had an office in New Delhi, since 2005. Working closely with corporate foundations, governments and non-governmental organizations in the region, IIE has developed and implemented a strong set of activities in higher education scholarship administration, leadership development, and critical development fields such as health, with special focus on youth and women.

IIE's office in New Delhi manages undergraduate and graduate level scholarships, conducts outreach activities in India and throughout South Asia on behalf of foreign universities, develops leadership programs that respond to specific professional development needs and connects higher education institutions in the South Asian region with institutions in the U.S and other countries.

Programs administered by the IIE New Delhi office include the Ford Foundation’s Global Travel and Learning Fund, GE Foundation’s Scholar-Leaders Program, India Support for Teacher Education Program (InSTEP), Forest-PLUS, Maternal Health Young Champions Program, Cargill Global Scholars Program, Rolex Awards for Enterprise Laureates Programme, Avery Dennison Foundation Spirit of Invention Scholarship Program, and The Rockefeller Foundation’s residency program at Bellagio Centre. In the recent past, the office also helped administer the David and Lucille Packard Foundation’s Leadership Development Mechanism which fostered leadership development for reproductive health professionals in India.

1997 – 2000: Setting the Foundation

Setting the Foundation Bricks

IIE began its work in India implementing an energy project for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) focused on capacity building for improving energy conservation and efficiency, including distribution reforms. After the success of the first program, IIE expanded its work in India by launching the GE Foundation Scholar – Leaders Program on behalf of the GE Foundation. The Program initially provided traditional financial support for university education, but gradually developed into a Leadership Development Program to complement the student’s academic program. It continues to grow and holds an outstanding achievement record.

2001 – 2005: Expanding Horizons

Expanding Horizons

With the beginning of a new millennia and revolutionary ideas, the Leadership Development for Mobilizing Reproductive Health Program (LDM) began operations in India. LDM India aimed to build and sustain a critical core of well-trained emerging and established leaders who have the vision, commitment, knowledge and skills to improve the delivery of family planning and reproductive health services.

During this time, IIE/India office also began administering the Ford Foundation’s Global Travel and Learning Fund (GTLF) India Region Program. GTLF assists the Ford Foundation in promoting greater cross-regional learning and exchange among grantees working in diverse sectors and world regions.

In 2005, IIE launched the Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Program to support the next generation of leaders with the skills and networks they would need to thrive in the 21st century.

2006 – 2010: Carving an Inch on the History Plank

Carving an Inch on the History Plank

This time period marked the introduction of many new programs for the IIE/India team. These included the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Program, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Program, Bellagio Residency Program outreach, the Ford Foundation Research Project on Affirmative Action in Higher Education in India and the Education Without Borders Project. We continued our important work in India by providing outreach for the Rolex Young Laureates Program, the New York University Abu Dhabi (NYU Abu Dhabi) Program, the Research Grants Council (RGC) Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Program and the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation Conference/Workshop Project. In 2009, IIE/New Delhi signed an MOU with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) to promote educational and training exchanges between the U.S and India.

The India office also coordinated the U.S. University Presidents’ Delegation visit to India in 2010. This delegation was led by IIE President & CEO along with the Under Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.


2011 and beyond: In pace with the ‘Global Village’

In pace with the ‘Global Village’

The Avery Dennison Foundation Spirit of Invention (InvEnt) Scholarship Program was launched in India in 2011. Further, after a successful decade of implementation, the LDM program came to an end in May 2011.

In early  2012, IIE/India office coordinated the study tour of the International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP) Delegation to India. This period also witnessed the constitution and inaugural meeting of the India Advisory Group in New Delhi.

The same year, IIE started implementing the Maternal Health Young Champions (MHYC) Program in India.  MHYC is supported by the Maternal Health Task Force at the Harvard School of Public Health and aims to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity. Further, IIE began to support the expansion of the U.S. Community College Model in India, on behalf of the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi. The New Delhi office hosted representatives from U.S community colleges on behalf of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

Towards the latter half of 2012, IIE/India organized The Rolex Leadership Forum  to celebrate the 2012 Rolex Awards for Enterprise Laureates and also began the administration of the Cargill Global Scholars Program in India.

2013 witnessed the beginning of new academic partnership programs. IIE/India partnered with Arizona State University  (ASU) to implement the USAID-funded India Support for Teacher Education Program (In-STEP) which aims to build the capacity of 110 teacher educators from India. Further, IIE's New Delhi office became a consortium member of USAID funded Forest-PLUS Program, and will be coordinating series of study tours and exchange visits between U.S and India. With the objective of increasing access to STEM education among girl students in India, IIE in India began operations with support from the Verizon Foundation.

Since its existence, IIE/India has been working to enhance capacities of individuals and organizations, with a special focus on youth and women, to meet local and global challenges. 

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